Updated 06 June 2014

Why you should donate blood

Think about it - if no-one donated blood, thousands of people would die every day. Blood is something money can't buy and science cannot create. But you can give it to someone.

Safe blood saves lives. Every day thousands of people would die if others did not donate their blood.

By donating blood, you are giving a patient something money cannot buy and science cannot create.

A single blood donation can equal three gifts of life, as nearly every blood donation is separated into red blood cells, plasma and platelets.

The majority of transfusions are given to:

  • Women who haemorrhage as a complication of pregnancy;
  • Children with severe anaemia;
  • Accident victims; and
  • Surgical and cancer patients.

By donating blood you make a difference.

(Information from the South African National Blood Service)


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